Press release

Number 10 Press Briefing - Afternoon From 29 November 2010

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

From the Prime Minister's spokesperson on: wikileaks, Europe bailout and tuition fees.


Asked if Wikileaks had been discussed at Cabinet this morning, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said that the Foreign Secretary gave a brief update of the position but no discussion took place.

Asked if we were looking at our own security in light of these leaks, the PMS said that it was something we kept constantly under review, but we had a different system to the US.

Europe Bailout

Asked if it was the Government’s position that when the mechanism ran dry we would not be the part of any future bailout in the EU area unless we chose to do a bilateral, the PMS said, yes.  The mechanism had been agreed in early May and was agreed due to the exceptional circumstances at that time.  When it came to a permanent mechanism it should be for Eurozone countries only.  We were still a member of the International Monetary Fund and therefore there were multilateral routes by which we could support third countries. 

Tuition Fees

Asked about the vote on tuition fees and if Liberal Democrats would abstain, the PMS said that this was covered in the Coalition Document. The Government had a programme and intended to implement that programme.